Bob Steele

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Senior Research Professor, CBE, BSc in Physiology, MBChB, MD, FRCSEd, FRCSEng, FCS Hong Kong, FRCPE (Hon), MFPH (Hon), FMedSci, FRSE

Bio

Biography

Professor Bob Steele obtained his initial surgical and academic training in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aberdeen and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Nottingham in 1990.  He was then appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee in 1996 and as Professor of Surgery and Head of Academic Surgery in 2003.  His main interests are the treatment of and screening for colorectal cancer. Having led the UK demonstration pilot that was used to inform the decision to introduce national screening programmes throughout the United Kingdom, he is at present the Clinical Director of the Scottish Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme, and has published extensively in this area. He has chaired several NHS QIS and HIS groups related to colorectal cancer and colorectal cancer screening and he chaired the SIGN group that developed the latest set of colorectal cancer guidelines.  He is a past member of Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, past Chair of the Health Improvement, Protection and Services (HIPS) Research Committee of the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist’s Office, and past President of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland. He is currently Editor of “The Surgeon”, co-founder and co-director of the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Scottish Cancer Foundation. In 2016, he was appointed as Independent Chair of the UK National Screening Committee. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health and was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2018 he was elected to Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences and was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

 

Teaching

For 10 years, Professor Steele acted as Convenor for the Gastrointestinal Course of the Dundee University Undergraduate Curriculum.  He continues to take an active interest in undergraduate teaching, delivering lectures, tutorials and ward teaching.  He is also committed to post-graduate teaching in surgery, both on a day-to-day basis and as a Tutor on surgical skills courses.  He has supervised over 25 post-graduate students, working for PhDs or MDs. 

Research

His initial research interests were in breast cancer and, working for Professor Sir Patrick Forrest, he developed the concept of axilliary node sampling.  In Hong Kong, his interest shifted to upper gastrointestinal disease and he was instrumental in developing and introducing endoscopic haemostasis for bleeding peptic ulcer. 

In Nottingham, working for Professor Jack Hardcastle,  he became involved with the early trials of colorectal cancer screening and since then, colorectal cancer has remained his primary clinical and academic interest.  He has carried out work in surgery and radiotherapy for colorectal cancer and in the area of genetic and chromosomal abnormalities that underlie the disease.  His main research interest, however, is in colorectal cancer screening and he has published extensively in this area.

Publications

Changes in prevalence of faecal occult blood positivity over time
7/2019, Journal of Medical Screening
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Do other variables add value to assessment of the risk of colorectal disease using faecal immunochemical tests for haemoglobin?
7/2019, Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Gastrointestinal diagnosis using non-white light imaging capsule endoscopy
7/2019, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Review article

Lifestyle in patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer
5/2019, Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Low Sensitivity of Fecal Immunochemical Tests (FIT) for Detection of Sessile Serrated Adenomas/Polyps Confirmed Over Clinical Setting, Geography, and FIT System
5/2019, Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Letter

Impact of introducing a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) for haemoglobin into primary care on the outcome of patients with new bowel symptoms : A prospective cohort study
5/2019, BMJ Open Gastroenterology
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Prehabilitation is feasible in patients with rectal cancer undergoing neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy and may minimize physical deterioration : results from The REx trial
5/2019, Colorectal Disease
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The impact of personalised risk information compared to a positive/negative result on informed choice and intention to undergo colonoscopy following colorectal Cancer screening in Scotland (PERICCS) - a randomised controlled trial : study protocol
4/2019, BMC Public Health
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

Reproducibility and accuracy of visual estimation of polyp size in large colorectal polyps
4/2019, Acta Oncologica
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

The Manchester International Consensus Group Recommendations for the Management of Gynecological Cancers in Lynch Syndrome
3/2019, Genetics in Medicine
Research Output: Contribution To Journal > Article

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Activities

Scientific Meeting of the Nutrition Society

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
3 Jul 20066 Jul 2006

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

Newcastle Pathology 2005: 3rd Joint Meeting of the British Division of the International Academy of Pathology and the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
5 Jul 20058 Jul 2005

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Activity Type: Attendance

184th Meeting of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Robert J. C. Steele (Participant)
2 Jul 20025 Jul 2002

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Activity Type: Attendance

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